Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

God Talks Too ii

Yes, we talk to God in prayer. Does God talk back? Here’s the introductory paragraphs to Nine Ways God Always Speaks, my second book, co-written with Jennifer Schuchmann.

Some things are too good to be true:

living to be 101;

winning the lottery;

hearing God speak.


Despite the fact that these things are out of the ordinary and even unlikely, they happen every day to people all over the world. With a healthy diet, exercise, and regular checkups you can outlast your genes. Buy enough scratch-off tickets and eventually you’ll get lucky. But hearing God speak? Is there anything you can do about that?

We think so.

Do you think so?

God being God, we can certainly do nothing to force communication from him. God will speak when and if he chooses to do so. But can we do anything to make it more likely that we will hear God’s voice? Can we position ourselves to more easily, accurately and consistently listen?



  • Jerry

    Well, I think if you have a prayer life and read spiritual material, you’ll have your best chances of God speaking to you. You have to like what God likes. If you don’t have an interest in spiritual things then your chances of God communicating with you are slim.

  • Nicole Symmonds

    I am certainly of the mind that we can do something about hearing God speak to us and that is just to stay in His presence. I think when we drown out all of the noise and distractions around us, we can more easily discern His voice in our lives and that voice may not sound like we thought it would. We can only hear it when we are still enough to be aware of it. I’m not a frequent hearer of God’s voice–in my estimation–but the times when I sense God speaking and moving in my life are the times when I’m not so tied up in everything else and I’m obviously seeking Him and present in Him.

  • Juana

    Today I am praying to be silent so I can do just that — hear God speak. And like you Nicole, I believe God’s voice is much clearer and louder when the world’s chatter is turned down.

  • Mark

    I agree that God talks to us. We just need to break away from our hectic lives and spend more time listening. Some examples of what He can do at

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